Belfast celebrates the humanities

Belfast celebrates the humanities| Queen’s University Belfast

You’re Only as Old as You Feel

Drama Workshop (for ages 50+) using hand-manipulated puppets at the Drama and Film Centre.

The workshops explore individual stories of ageing, focusing on how the sense of self can be lost and may need to be re-found as we age. We explore the use of puppetry in applied theatre, that is community-based theatre with social goals.

The work is informed by the findings of the AHRC ‘Objects with Objectives’ international research network (PI David Grant).

Hearing Loss and Found Identities – The Sound of Silence

The performance will present extracts of work exploring sensory changes:
‘The Unheard’ is an immersive theatre piece by Northern Ireland based author Nessa Haynes about her experience of hearing loss in collaboration with Sonic Artist John D’Arcy.

We will also show an extract from the dance performance Inside the Speaker by Helen Hall, a partially sighted choreographer and dancer exploring what we see and what we sense when watching dance, what dance is and what it means to dance.

The practical workshop will be facilitated by dramaturg Hanna Slattne; it will look at how we explore artistically, through interdisciplinary collaboration, the subtle and personal experiences of change in how we perceive our world.

Beauty in Belfast Circa 1884

A talk offering an overview of the progressive arts in Belfast in the late nineteenth century.

Storytelling from conflict – lost and found stories

A workshop exploring how to identify, source, process and exhibit individual stories about conflict. Held at the Public Records Office Northern Ireland. The event is an extension of Prof McLaughlin’s research on the Prisons Memory Archive (PMA), a collection of 175 filmed walk-and-talk recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland.

The PMA features recordings of a range of participants including prison staff, prisoners, relatives, teachers, chaplains, lawyers, doctors, probation officers and maintenance workers. These recordings capture how everyday life was impacted by the conflict and builds a rich tapestry of the story of the prisons. Using the PMA as a case study, the event will examine how storytelling from a conflicted past in a contested present can contribute to issues of understanding the ‘other’ in a divided society.

The First World War and Community Memory

Performance and Screening at the Brian Friel Theatre to reflect a process of research into local and family histories of the First World War. Linked to research conducted between 2014 and 2016, the project will present excerpts from performances created in partnership between researchers and facilitators at Queen’s and 6 community groups (Resurgam Trust, Lisburn; Rathcoole Youth Group; Omagh Live and Learn Group; Tonagh Women’s Group, Lisburn; Bobosh’teenagers and young adults with disabilities; Hydebank Wood College’Young offenders).

The groups performed scenes and showed films created with Queen’s researchers who helped them explore the history and legacy of the War in their local communities and families and then to turn that research into art in the form of performances, films and plays. The event emerges from the AHRC-funded Medals All-Round Research Initiative.

‘Find your voice! Exploring teen girl issues on the screen

A screening followed by a discussion, programmed in collaboration with the Queen’s Film Theatre and the Cinemagic Film Festival, which works with young people. We explore film as part of lived social and cultural experience. A suitable film (rated 15) will be chosen and the discussion event will focus on the issues raised by the film – i.e. sexual behaviour, health, bullying, self-harm, relationships, sexuality – and how film is a useful way to help explore issues like this.

This is a ticket only event for teenage girls aged 15 and over. Please send all inquiries to:

‘Hope, Lost and Found: Kidney Disease and the Life-affirming Power of Art’

An exhibition with a screening at Queen’s Brian Friel Theatre. This event builds on previous events where we presented a variety of activities to the general public to share experiences of kidney disease and enhance public knowledge.

The Exhibition of ‘Human Beings Being Human’ incorporates the screening of a performance of an act from the play ‘Gift of Donation’ by service user and RAG member Mr William Johnston to raise awareness of kidney disease. This activity includes decorating and personalising paper butterflies to create a large-scale mobile depicting the Northern Ireland Kidney Patient logo. The aim is to create an artwork that reflects contributions from the wider community in support of service users who are coping with kidney disease in a celebration of life through the medium of artistic expression.

Queer visions of peace: creative interventions in post-conflict narratives

his event will include a discussion, screening and exhibition of the creative processes and outputs of the project ‘LGBTQ Visions of Peace in a Society Emerging from Conflict’. The project has aimed to relocate the ignored and marginalised contributions and stories of LGBTQ people in imagining what a peaceful society could and/or should look like, post conflict.